[Video] Office Hours: Speed Round Edition

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Not all of the questions you post at https://pollgab.com/room/brento require long answers. Here’s a quick speed round: Here’s what we discussed: 00:00 Introductions 00:24 EngineHorror: Hey Brent! What’s your opinion on page- and row-level compression in general? Is it true it increases locking besides burning extra CPU? 01:08 Pony: Is Microsoft Assessment and Planning tool…
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[Video] Office Hours: Long Answers Edition

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This time on Office Hours, I let a few questions piled up at https://pollgab.com/room/brento that required in-depth answers to really do ’em justice. In particular, there was a statistics question that needed demos. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:35 Grogu: Did DBA Brent ever have to support a version of SQL Server that Microsoft…
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Office Hours: Dodging Work Edition

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Post your questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the ones you’d like to see me cover. Today, I’m dodging work, so I went through your questions while I waited for the coffee shop to open: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 03:28 Ivan: What are the top signs that a table has a poor clustered index?…
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[Video] Office Hours in the Valley of Fire State Park

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I drove the Ferrari out through the Valley of Fire State Park and stopped out in the middle of nowhere to take the questions you’d upvoted at https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:39 Saket Mittal: Hi Brent, I am working with a developer on a query, this query has lots of join ,…
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[Video] Office Hours Speed Round

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In ten minutes, let’s cover as many questions as possible from https://pollgab.com/room/brento: Here’s what we raced through: 00:00 Introductions 00:17 dbacat: We’ve been fighting an AG issue for a while. Sometimes during failover, one or a few databases go into initializing/recovery state on the new secondary. It’s random, never consistent. Only fix is to drop…
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[Video] Office Hours: Professional Development Questions

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Most of the questions y’all post at https://pollgab.com/room/brento are technical ones, but there were a handful of interesting professional development and career ones in the queue, so I cherry-picked those for today’s episode: 00:00 Introductions 00:20 GI Joe DBA: Have you ever refused a consulting project \ opportunity and why? 03:35 Doug E: How do…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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You posted questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento, upvoted the ones you’d like to see me cover, and I did the needful: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 01:19 chandwich: Hi Brent. I’ve been unsuccessful in my attempt to convince my employer I need formal SQL training. I help manage hundreds of customers’ SQL Servers and Applications, but…
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[Video] Office Hours: Palm Springs, California Edition

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On a road trip from San Diego to Vegas, I stopped in Palm Springs and answered your highly-upvoted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:45 i_use_lowercase_for_select: Hi Brent, just wanted to give you my support on your May 24th blog. 01:19 SQL Crooner: Who would win a SQL trivia contest between Brent…
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[Video] Office Hours: Vail Fireside Chat

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You posted and upvoted questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento, and I sat down by the fire on a chilly evening in Vail, Colorado to answer ’em. I was driving cross-country, heading back from a road trip to see my mom. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:46 Ms. Cosmos: What are the top traits for the perfect…
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[Video] Office Hours in Moab, Utah

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On a cross-country trip, I stopped in Moab, Utah and answered your top-voted questions from https://pollgab.com/room/brento. Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 01:20 YourbiggestFan: Do you have any plans to write an Azure first version of the first responder kit (sp_blitzfirst and sp_bitzcache)which can get the metrics from query store and thus overcome the issue…
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[Video] Office Hours: Professional Development Edition

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I spent an entire video just talking about 3 questions y’all posted to https://pollgab.com/room/brento because these were pretty big-picture and important. I know it sounds goofy and sentimental, but I genuinely care about y’all’s careers, and I want you to work as little as practical in order to spend as much time with your loved…
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[Video] Office Hours: Cabo Balcony Edition

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Post your questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the questions you’d like to see me discuss. The light balance on this video is all over the place, getting brighter and darker constantly, so you might wanna leave this one playing in the background and just listen to it rather than watch. Here’s what we covered: 00:00…
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[Video] Office Hours: Cabo Pool Edition

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You posted SQL Server  questions and upvoted the ones you’d like to see at https://pollgab.com/room/brento, and before the Cabo Clasico finals start for the day, I sat by the pool to talk through ’em: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:53 Neil: Does putting up a giant monitor on the wall with SQL Server info…
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[Video] Office Hours: New Las Vegas Home Office Edition

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It’s the first webcast I’ve done from my new Vegas pad. You posted questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento/ and I discussed the highest-upvoted ones: 00:00 Introductions 02:15 Jim D: Should I use full backups or log shipping for migrations? 03:53 Sev A: What are the top misuses of SQL Server that are better accomplished without SQL Server?…
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[Video] Office Hours: Last San Diego Balcony Edition

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It’s the last San Diego balcony edition of Office Hours! You posted your questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvoted the ones you’d like to see. Here’s what we covered this week: 00:00 Introductions 00:50 Steve E: Hi Brent, How are you enjoying the Porsche 944? 01:55 Midwest DBA: Hey Brent, The wife says my DBA oncall…
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[Video] Office Hours Speed Round: SQL Server Q&A

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You posted questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and I picked the fastest ones to answer: Here’s what we covered: 00:00 Introductions 00:16 Disgruntled App Developer: Hi Brent a friend was recently reprimanded for running a trace in production. The rationale was perf impact and other ‘potential issues’ that weren’t forthcoming. Any thoughts on why traces have an…
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[Video] Office Hours: San Diego Office Edition

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I’m back in the US at my home studio in San Diego, so I did a live Office Hours session. Post your questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the ones you’d like to see me cover. Here’s what we covered today: 00:00 Introductions 00:41 WTF_SQLServer!?!: I have a some dbs that take nearly 6 hours each…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything at Sunset on the Balcony

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Ah, sunset – time to kick back on the balcony, watch the ocean, and discuss SQL Server. You post questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento/, upvote the ones you’d like to see me answer, and I discuss ’em: 00:00 Introductions 00:30 iAmGroot: Hello Brent, my friend has a VLDB and he’s asking what is a good strategy to…
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[Video] Office Hours: Ask Me Anything About SQL Server

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Ask me questions at https://pollgab.com/room/brento and upvote the ones you’d like to see covered. I can pretty well guarantee that your favorite question this time is going to be the last one I answered. Here’s what we discussed today: 00:00 Introductions 00:57 Sean W: New app with data model TBD; what is the thought process…
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